Youth Local Stewardship and Service
CSI:Mankato (Christ's Servants Involved)
CSI is based on the Starfish Story by Loren Eisley:
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up. As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young man, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young man was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean. He came closer still and called out "Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?" The young man paused, looked up, and replied "Throwing starfish into the ocean." "I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?" asked the somewhat startled wise man. To this, the young man replied, "The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die."
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, "But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!" At this, the young man bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, "It made a difference for that one."
When asked how we make a difference in the world—most of us respond by saying the problems are too great and our efforts—even when given, are too small. God doesn’t expect miracles from us but He does expect us to be disciples and to live our lives using the gifts which He gave us. CSI: Mankato is an opportunity for youth and adults to explore and discover those gifts and use them in ministry to our neighbors. So our mission and life long goal is to make a difference to someone in need.